Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"Noah's Compass", Anne Tyler

While the advertising for this novel of course had outstanding comments by others, the two or three reviews seen here were decidedly tepid. While I almost always enjoy Anne Tyler's writing, that was the way I felt about her last book, "Digging to America" which came across as a little bit of a stretch, somewhat complex and maybe slightly out of her talented range of insight.

"Noah's Compass" is a simple story. The simplicity is its beauty. The despair and dysfunction are depicted in an understated way that makes the book a small set piece of a believable life. The moral ambiguity throughout evolves into an acceptance that provides relief and reward to the reader. Certainly not an action thriller or a literary blockbuster, but I liked it.


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